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  1. Well . . . I just came across a solution that might fit my unprofessional needs. I googled and came up with some "distressed" and "destroyed" fonts that seem to be good enough for my needs. I experimented real quick with a couple and they look pretty good. Is there a quick tip I could get from anyone on how to take one or two individual letters of a text string and fade them even further? I played with the blur effect some and even though the blur affected the entire text string it did make it a bit more real. Now if I can choose certain letters and fade them even further I might have what I am looking for. Thanks to all for your patience on this thread. I am very much aware it can be irritating at times advising an inexperienced user but just want you to know I very much appreciate your time.
  2. Thanks Mike, I understand through your clarity now. I never took your post as a direct hit but I certainly appreciate your clarification. Sounds like you are a more intense user of Affinity than I am. Most on this forum probably are. I'd give anything (well almost) to know Affinity Photo and Designer like you and others that are pros with the software. I could really spruce up the work I do do if I did. (that was a mouthful). Thus, it's easily understood your usage of various plug ins and additional expenses for your daily design routines. Best wishes for you to do well in your ongoing design endeavors.
  3. I can use the time and sanity but I can't use the extra expense. That's why I was respectfully seeking a shortcut. I actually thought when I started there might be a brush stroke that could suffice, but, I have found the quest to be much more intense for a few times usage versus daily application.
  4. Not sure I understand. Could you elaborate?
  5. Thanks for all the input. I want to say this first: I was looking for something a little easier. BUT . . . I do understand that perfection takes time. That said, I have no choice but to follow the advice of already accomplished experts. Thanks again so much for the input, advice, and video links. I guarantee you I will put it all to use.
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  7. Thanks for replying. I don't think his procedure is where I want to go. I don't think it will give me what I want because I would like some portions of some letters to looked almost weathered all the way off. The video gives the same effect over all the letters. The video demonstrates and returns a kind of architectural 'white wash', which is not what I'm after. I will try it while I wait for any additional input but I don't think I'll get what I want.
  8. Affinity Photo I have a section of old wooden boards in a photo. What would be the best method/tool/settings to paint white letters onto those boards to simulate weathered letters? In other words - letters that look like parts of the letters have been worn down/off by harsh winds, sun, and years gone by.
  9. Well, . . . I've done it again. It seems like, on this forum and others, every time I can't figure something out within 10 minutes - I create a new thread. After the thread goes public I go back to the app and try a few of my own ideas . . . (of which I have no idea where I get the ideas from) . . . while I wait for forum replies. Then, strangely, I seem to figure it out. So, I go back to post my own discovery and find that Psenda and John Rostron suggest the Mesh Warp Tool. Wow, how coincidental - I had just found that out for myself. Henceforth - in the future I have decided to trick myself. I will open WORD and type in an imaginary NEW TOPIC. Then I'll save it to my desktop. Then I'll go back to said application and discover my own solution. . . . Unreal!
  10. I am wanting to see if anyone has any ideas on how Designer or Affinity could help me with a particular text on path situation. I need to be able to put text onto a megaphone. Thus - the lettering needs to progressively transition from small letters to larger letters or large letters to smaller letters. Does anyone have some creative ideas on how to achieve those desired affects/appearances?
  11. Yeah, . . . I think I'll just teach myself to be in acceptance of an already well designed program, learn AP as it is, and not try to reinvent the wheel.
  12. Thanks Alfred. I did figure that part out. Between my post and your reply I did some further research online. I think I got confused over assuming that an "always available or user generated toolbar" could somehow be achieved by adding buttons to the context toolbar. What I discovered from my internet searching is that the context toolbar changes it's interface determined by which tool is selected. Kind of sounds like a good idea if a user could create their own toolbar. That said, I fully understand - and gladly accept, that I need to once again adopt to Affinity structure. Thanks for replying Alfred.
  13. Using this Tutorial (at Timeline - 2:56) . . . I can't figure out how to add to my interface the line of toolbar items that include 'Current Layer and Below', 'Aligned', 'Rotation', etc., etc.?
  14. That did it. Mask-nested it was. Thanks very much for the advice.